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ASUS K53 X53E-SX228V with Celeron processor - specifications

ASUS K53 X53E-SX228V laptop specifications

ASUS K53 laptop specs
ASUS K53 X53E-SX228V specs:
Processor Intel Celeron B820 Dual Core (1.7GHz, 2MB Cache)
Screen 15.6" (ASUS Color-Shine, 1366x768, HD)
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
RAM 6GB (DDR3)
Hard drive 640GB
Optical drive DVD Rewriter (Records DVDs 8x & CDs 24x & Dual Layer Super Multi)
Graphics Integrated (Intel HD Graphics)
Wireless LAN Wireless (802.11b/g/n Wireless)
Network card 10/100/1000 Gigabit Fast Ethernet
Integrated webcam Integrated Webcam with Microphone
Card reader 4-in-1 card reader (MS, MS Pro, MMC, SD)
USB Ports 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 Port
Speakers Integrated Altec Lansing Sound System
VGA Port 1 External VGA Port
Kensington lock Kensington lock slot
Charge time 2.5 Hours
HDMI 1x HDMI Port
Numeric keypad Yes
Warranty ASUS 1 Year Global Hardware Warranty
Battery life 2-3 Hours (up to 3 hours with power management)
Weight 2-3 Kg (This Model 2.5 Kg)
Product type Notebook
Keyboard type Laptop keyboard

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Foehn & Hirsch DVD player specifications - 1080p upscaling, HDMI, USB playback

Foehn & Hirsch DVD player price, features and specifications

Foehn & Hirsch offers a cheap DVD player with full DivX support, built-in media player and HDMI upscaling function (up to 1080p).
Foehn & Hirsch DVD player specifications
Compatible formats:
DVD - DVD+/-R
DVD+/-RW
CD R - CD RW
CD AUDIO/VIDEO
JPEG
HDCD
SVCD
Kodak Picture
Divx 4.0, 5.0, 6.0
XVID
MP3
MPEG-4

Price- around £25

Dimensions:
Height: 4.5cm
Width: 32cm
Length: 25cm


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ADATA Classic CH94 640GB external hard drive price, specs and review

ADATA Classic CH94 640GB external/portable hard drive features, specifications and review

ADATA Classic CH94 640GB external hard drive
ADATA Classic CH94 640GB


ADATA Classic CH94 640GB - here is one quality cheap solution for those who need more storage space for their PC or laptop.
The ADATA Classic CH94 640GB HDD is definitely good value for money, this is one of the cheapest external hard drives in its class.
The store volume of 640GB is more than enough for keeping some more media and in the era of cloud storage this much storage space is really not critical but a good way for extra backup for your large files.
ADATA Classic CH94 has buffer size (cache) of 8MB, the spindle speed is 5400rpm. 
The SATA 1 interface and the USB 2.0 port allow easy and quick transfer of files. This hard drive is compatible with most operating systems including most versions of Windows, Mac OS, Linux etc.
Price -  ADATA Classic CH94 640GB is offered for around £40 in UK ($75)
Verdict - good option for extra storage for less money.

Here are some more suggestions for affordable external (portable) hard drives:
Toshiba Canvio E05A100PBU3XW 1TB 
Hitachi Touro 2TB
1TB Seagate Expansion
Buffalo DriveStation 2TB
Buffalo MiniStation 500GB
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Head YouTek Graphene Speed Pro tennis racket review

Head YouTek Graphene Speed Pro tennis racket specifications and video review

Head YouTek Graphene Speed Pro tennis racket
Head YouTek Graphene Speed Pro

Head YouTek Graphene Speed Pro review
 - probably the first thing we should mention about this racket is that is used by the current world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic who upgrades his Head YouTek racket almost every year.
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Asus X401A laptop review

Asus X401A laptop review - price, features and specifications


Asus X401A review - this is one of the affordable and quite capable 14.1-inch laptops on the market today. The X401A features fast Intel processor, HD display and plenty of connection options.
The 14.1-inch HD LED display of the Asus X401A has resolution of 1366x768. The graphics power for this good display is provided by Intel's HD graphics accelerator with shared memory. The LED backlit display also means longer battery life and less power consumption than conventional  LCD.

Asus X401A laptop comes with few different Pentium processors, which are not on top of Intel's processor range but are perfect for the average consumer.
Asus X401A usually comes with 4GB of DDR 3 RAM but that is expandable to 8GB.

The basic hard drive for this laptop is a 320GB 5400 rpm SATA unit, bigger volumes are also available.

One very nice feature of the Asus X401A laptop are the built-in Altec Lansing stereo speakers which produce very good (for a laptop) sound.  Another very useful feature is the 2-second instant on resume from sleep or hibernate which will save you some time when in a hurry.
Asus X401A laptop price - around £250 in UK.

Asus X401A laptop specifications(sample configuration) :

Processor
  • Intel Pentium B960 2.2GHz
  • 2MB Cache
  • Intel HM70/76 Express Chipset
Memory
  • 4GB DDR3 1600MHz (max)
Hard Drive
  • 320GB SATA 5400rpm
Optical Drive
  • None
Software
  • Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
Display
  • 14" 16:9 HD LED Backlight
  • Resolution: 1366 x 768
Graphics
  • Intel HD
Audio
  • Built-in Speakers And Microphone
  • Altec Lansing Speakers
Input Devices
  • Keyboard and Touchpad
Networking
  • WLAN: Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
  • LAN: 10/100/1000 Base T
Power Supply
  • 6 Cells 4400 mAh 47 Whrs Battery
  • Output : 19 V DC, 3.42 A, 65 W
  • Input : 100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
Dimensions
  • Width 34.4 cm
  • Depth 24.1 cm
  • Height 2.65 cm
  • Weight 1.85 kg
Interfaces
  • 1 x Microphone-in jack
  • 1 x Headphone-out jack
  • 1 x Line-in Jack
  • 1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port(s)
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port(s)
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
  • 1 x HDMI
Expansion
  • 2 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ MMC)
Warranty / Miscellaneous
  • 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
  • 0.3 Mega Pixel Fixed web camera

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 laptop specs and review

Price, features and specifications of the 13.3-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 laptop


Lenovo IdeaPad Z370
Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 laptop 

Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 review - today we are going to take a look at another business-class laptop from manufacturer Lenovo. The IdeaPad Z370 is a portable and yet powerful 13.3-inch computer offered at a very competitive price.
The 13.3-inch display of the IdeaPad Z370 has HD resolution of 1366x768 and has relatively good viewing angles.
Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 usually comes equipped with Intel Core i3 processor which is well known for its good performance.
The speed of the different models varies but you will most probably appreciate the value and performance of the 2.3 GHz CPU. The video hardware acceleration is provided by the integrated and average performing Intel HD 3000 graphics accelerator.
The base hard drive is a 320GB 5400 RPM SATA HDD which offers more than enough storage for mobile computing. For those who need more space this laptop is also offered with 500GB HDD.
Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 usually comes with 4GB of DDR 3 RAM but it supports up to 8GB.
Connectivity options - you can easily connect to the Internet with this computer via the built-in 802.11b/g/n  wireless adapter.
Webcam with mic, VGA port, card reader, HDMI port and USB ports are also available in the  IdeaPad Z370.
Price - the IdeaPad Z370 costs around $450 (£300 in UK)
Conclusion - Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 is a small and well performing laptop which doesn't offer any cutting edge technology but will is just fine for those who need affordable and yet reliable computer on the go.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 laptop review - video



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Meteorite rain in Russia - video

2013 Meteor shower over Russia - video

Here is an exclusive video with the meteorite rain that struck Russia this morning. It is reported that the meteor shower over Russia injured hundreds of people but official info is expected soon. Hopefully there aren't seriously injured by the meteorite shower and hopefully there won't be meteorite rains in 2013 any more.




2013 Meteor shower in Russia - video
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Custom auto parts from Andy's Auto Sport

Andy's Auto Sport - quality auto parts and accessories

Andy's Auto Sport parts

Some time ago I found a very interesting website for custom auto parts with wide variety of aftermarket and tuning kits for almost any car brand. After some browsing at their website it was clear for me that Andy's Auto Sport is not just another supplier but one of the top auto parts retailers.

Actually their site is pretty simple and it is easy to navigate through the different menus - just select a brand, a model and the part you may be interested in and you are ready to order, it is as simple as that. Probably the only downside that I can point out is the outdated design of the site itself, it just doesn't look up to date. But that's just my personal view of the design, I guess there are plenty of users that like it this way, clean and simple.
Well, that's enough said about the looks, now lets talk about functionality. Andy's Auto Sport website is not only divided by car brands and models but also offers few different site centers. The three main categories are - Car center, Truck center and SUV center but there also some other centers including Body Kits, Ground Effects, Carbon Fiber Hoods, Cold Air Intakes, Euro Tail Lights, Lambo Doors, Projector Headlights, Performance Exhaust Systems, Performance Mufflers, Racing Seats, Auto Parts, Body Kits and Pulley Kits. Each of these site centers comes with some info about the selected niche as well as a video presentation which is a very nice touch. You can also check all their videos at Andy's Auto Sport YouTube channel or visit Andy's Auto Sport Facebook page which is constantly updated.

Another great thing that I should point out are the various discounts that I noticed while browsing the different categories.
As a conclusion I have to say Andy's Auto Sport site was a very nice find and for those looking to buy some aftermarket parts and tuning kits for their vehicles it would be an effortless experience to pick their stuff from Andy's website, that is why I strongly recommend it.
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